Fountains CE Primary School

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School Governors

The Role of the Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of parents, staff members and representatives from the church. A governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the head teacher to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. This involves the establishment of a development plan, the setting of challenging but achievable targets and the interpretation of information to assess progress and determine appropriate action. 

Aligned to its improvement role, the governing body is there to be a critical friend who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the head teacher and the school. Governors also have some specific roles such as Child Protection and Health and Safety.

How do we do this?

  • Self Evaluation, we look at what we do and what we can do to improve.
  • Agree the School Development Plan and monitor its implementation.
  • Ensure that the school meets its statutory and professional responsibilities as an employer and a provider of services to children.
  • Plan how the school budget is to be used and monitor compliance with the Budget.
  • Authorise the policies and strategies required to provide the best available education to children.
  • Ensure the children have a safe and supportive environment.
  • Review how the school meets its statutory responsibilities to provide for the needs of every individual child.
  • Agree the appropriate staff structure for the school and ensure that staff is managed in a way that holds them to account for their performance and develops their potential for the future.
  • Confirm that the voice of the children, parents and others with a legitimate interest in the school are heard and taken into account.
  • Resolve any serious conflict within the school or between the school and parents.
  • Appoint and support the staff of the school.

How do we work?

  • We meet as a full Governing Body at every half-term. Extraordinary meetings are arranged if circumstances warrant such action.
  • Every year we elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Body (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions).
  • The Governing Body also has a Clerk who arranges its meetings, circulates the agenda and papers, takes minutes of full meetings of the Governing Body, and circulates information to Governors from the Local Authority.
  • In order to delegate and share the responsibilities of the Governing Body more effectively, we have sub-committees for things such as finance, premises and performance management. Governors meet with the Headteacher, separately from the full Governing Body meetings and provide reports back to the full governors. Governors also have responsibilities for particular aspects of the school, these include Literacy, Numeracy, IT, Health & Safety, Child Protection, Landscape and Special Needs.

Our Governors

  • Sarah Stanley is the Chair of the Governing Body. Sarah has two children at Fountains CE Primary School, one in Year 4 and one in Year 2.


  • Carl Bailey is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body. He is a Parent Governor, with an expertise in building design.


  • Margaret Driffield is our Clerk to Governors she is also the administrator at Fountains CE Primary School.


  • Dawn Conrardy is one of our Foundation Governors and has responsibility for Safeguarding. Dawn will also ensure that we uphold the Christian ethos in the school. 


  • Karen Butler is the head teacher of Grewelthorpe and Fountains Primary Schools; she is also a consultant head teacher for the local authority.



  • Jacqui Palmer is a teacher governor and is a senior teacher at Grewelthorpe School. 


  • Katie Barker is an associate member of the governing body, she teaches upper key stage two at Fountains School.


  • Georgina Wray has been co-opted onto the governing body, she is the assistant head teacher at Fountains School and teaches key stage one. 


  • Alison Lock has been co-opted onto the governing body due to her skills and expertise as the previous Chair of Governors at Fountains CE Primary School. 


  • Anne Collins has been co-opted onto the governing body due to her knowledge and skills in education. As well as being a teacher for many years she has also carried out extensive volunteer work volunteered including leading local scouting groups for many years. Anne is the named governor for Child Protection she is also heavily involved in all aspects of Health and Safety.


  • Sue Thomas is one of our Foundation Governors.


Click here to see Governor attendance and declarations of interest 2015 2016.

Click here to see Governor attendance and declarations of interest 2016 2017

Click here to view latest Governor meeting minutes

Click here to read the latest Governor Newsletter.

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